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March 2015: LBR iiwa - Enabling a New Generation of Human-Robot Collaboration

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March 2015: LBR iiwa - Enabling a New Generation of Human-Robot Collaboration

KUKA, Europe's leading supplier of industrial robots and automated production systems, is welcoming the newest member of its robot family: the LBR iiwa. "LBR" stands for "Leichtbauroboter" (German for lightweight robot) and "iiwa" for "intelligent industrial work assistant." This precise, flexible robot with seven axes, modeled after the human arm, opens up new possibilities in automation as well as new fields of application for service and medical robotics. The robot can work safely with a human operator without the need for a safety fence, acting as the operator's "third hand." Furthermore, the user can manually guide the robot with his or her hand to program it right there on the spot.

The robot is equipped with mechanical systems and drive technology designed for industrial operation. This makes it possible to automate delicate and complex automation tasks in a manner in which the use of robots was previously inconceivable. The LBR iiwa is also the first robot to have safe torque sensors in every axis. Hence, its high-performance collision detection capabilities and integrated joint torque sensors make the LBR iiwa ideal for delicate joining processes and the use of simple tools. Furthermore, its lightweight nature, multiple axes, and streamlined design make it perfectly suited to confined installation situations and enables very easy integration into pre-existing production systems.

In 2014, the LBR iiwa received the Red Dot Award "Best of the Best" for excellence in design and business. In 2014, only 60 out of 4,815 product entries from more than 1,800 manufacturers from 53 countries won the Red Dot "Best of the Best."

From April 13-17, 2015, the Augsburg-based manufacturer will present the LBR iiwa at the integrated industry-themed HANNOVER MESSE 2015. To learn more about KUKA's newest robot, click here. To watch a video demonstrating human-assisted robotic learning, click here.

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